Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Based on our grass-roots efforts, Deseret News editors have identified five key issues that matter to Utah families. These issues include early childhood education, college and career readiness, economic development, health care and well-being, and intergenerational poverty.
These issues are often interrelated and essential to continued prosperity. We present those issues to you with a promise that our legislative coverage will center on those things that matter most to you.
The House passed a bill Monday to prohibit the Utah Air Quality Board from regulating outdoor wood boilers differently from other solid fuel burning devices. Read more »
Gov. Gary Herbert was asked Monday to veto a bill that would allow concealed weapons to be carried without a permit. Read more »
Public schools have only received one year's worth of data from the Utah Comprehensive Accountability System, but already lawmakers are looking to replace UCAS with a... Read more »
A bill that would create an independent ethics commission in the state's executive branch of government passed the Senate on Monday. Read more »
Utah lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a bill that establishes a public service commission to facilitate the transition to natural gas in Utah. Read more »
Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden, effectively withdrew his own resolution Monday that would have granted the governor and Senate approval and confirmation power over the... Read more »
A proposed statewide non-discrimination law ran into expected opposition in the state Senate and won't be debated before the gavel comes down on the Utah Legislature... Read more »
The House passed a bill Monday that would make it illegal to charge for the removal of mug shots published online. Read more »
A committee of Utah lawmakers struck back at a fledgling rule to improve air quality, asserting the ban on outdoor wood furnaces is unfair and would not significantly... Read more »
A House committee killed a bill that would have required local governments to conduct an "opinion vote" prior to raising property taxes above rates of inflation. Read more »
Gov. Gary Herbert stopped short Thursday of threatening to veto a bill that appears to be an attempt to take away his ability to decide whether the state expands... Read more »
The bill has the support of the Utah Attorney General's Office because it provides greater protection of children who are subjected to sex acts, smuggling and... Read more »
A House committee Thursday unanimously supported a bill designed to curb the practice of scam artists publishing jail mug shots online and charging fees to remove them. Read more »
A bill to prohibit government entities from from contracting with lobbyists to represent them on Capitol Hill has been returned to the House Rules Committee. Read more »
A House committee gave a favorable recommendation Thursday to a bill that would create enforceable post-adoption agreements in adoptions of children in the custody of... Read more »
Republican lawmakers signed off Thursday on a long list of their budget priorities, including pay raises for schoolteachers and state workers, new classrooms at Utah... Read more »
Representatives in the House approved a bill Thursday that encourages educators to develop competency-based educational programs. Read more »
A proposal to fund schools through alcohol sales revenue was reconsidered and re-defeated Thursday by the House of Representatives. Read more »
In an unexpected move late Wednesday, lawmakers voted on a bill that would exempt Utah from expanding Medicaid. Read more »
Ask any nonprofit agency that serves those newly released from jail or prison, a former inmate's lack of identification — state ID, driver's license, birth... Read more »
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